Polish President Andrzej Duda awarded Virtus et Fraternitas Medal to citizens of five countries who helped Poles in the XXth century. Three Ukrainians were among the winners. This was reported by the press center of the President of the Republic of Poland.
Two Ukrainians who received the award were Petro Bazeluk and Maria Bazeluk. During the war, they hid the Słojewski family from Huta Stepańska, who were looking for shelter.
Petro Hrudzevych received the third medal. He stood up to Soviet officials in 1986, refusing to remove the cross from the graves of Polish soldiers killed in the 1920 battle against the Bolsheviks. For this, the man faced severe disciplinary punishment.
"For me, it is an emotional moment, a moment when we can thank, even in such a modest way, those who showed virtue and brotherhood in the most difficult times," Duda said during a ceremony at the presidential palace.
In total, nine people from the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary received awards this year.
Earlier, it was reported that Poland plans to simplify job search for foreigners in the country.